11-30-2019, 07:21 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middleton, Tennessee
| | Iron Precipitate
I am having an awful time with what I am assuming is iron precipitate. Everything in the tank has a red powder on it. It's not brown like diatoms. It is orange-redish. I can wipe it off and it is all right back in a matter of an hour. I am using Aquaclear 50 filters and I have white polishing pads on top as the last media it goes through before re-entering the tank. Every day I squeeze/rinse out the pads and they are solid dark red. When I wipe it off, it is a powder or extremely fine grain material.
So, here is my question. We have a ridiculous amount of iron in our well water. I have tried filters and they don't work. I can't afford a whole house system. When I dose my PPS macros, am I causing the precipitate due to the phosphorus in the mix? It is reacting with the iron in the water?
This happened the last time I had aquariums and I got so disgusted, I sold them all and got out of the hobby. This tank has been set up for a few months is doing great otherwise. But, I'm about to throw in the towel again. It just looks like crap I have to clean it off of the plants and driftwood every day. The gravel also gets covered with it. To control that, I would have to do a major water change/cleaning every day.